The name “Hiawassee” comes from the Cherokee word Ayuhwasi which means “meadow”. The town is on Lake Chatuge and is located in Towns County.
Lake Chatuge is beautiful, the mountains can be seen across the lake. Highway 76 runs through Hiawassee and Lake Chatuge can be viewed on both sides of the highway.
Lake Chatuge, is popular for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddling, sport fishing, and other water sports. A sandy beach is open across from the Fairgrounds, get there early to find a parking space.
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds plays host to several popular annual events including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.
Hamilton Gardens – the gardens have over 400 varieties of rhododendrons and 1,500 plants of rhododendrons and the azaleas, also native dogwoods, azaleas, redbud, trilliums, lady slippers and hydrangeas. The gardens have a spring sale April and May. The Hamilton Gardens is at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and is free.
Britt & Capri women’s clothing – this hidden treasure is full of special finds in brand name clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts. 595 North Main Street, Hiawassee
Always Christmas – They are open all year and specialize in Christmas trees, ornaments and holiday décor, they also have year round gifts. 715 N. Main Street
Hightower Creek Vineyards is a small, family-operated winery. The first vines were planted in 2009 with seven acres currently dedicated to production. The tasting room was opened in 2012. 7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee
Kimsey Parker Farms mercantile & trading – very nice lady owns the adorable shop. Jams & jellies, homemade soaps, gourmet coffee, candles, lotions, etc. 4671 Hwy 76 East, Hiawassee
Creekside General Store – they have handcrafted items like pottery, jewelry, etc. and also candles, flags, bears, garden items, jams & jellies, clothes and a new product Fire Buggz fire fishing poles for marshmallows and hot dogs. 2955 Hwy 76 East, Hiawassee